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Facebook, Google under fire in Maryland. Gus G.

Facebook, Google under fire in Maryland

Sentementes 9:55 a.m. EST, February 23, 2012 A lot is happening lately in the realm of online privacy, and there are some Maryland connections. In a story today, I wrote about how the Attorney General, Doug Gansler, sent a letter to Google asking for more details on its soon-to-change privacy policy for users. Also, two powerhouse Baltimore lawyers -- Billy Murphy and Peter Angelos -- have filed a class action lawsuit against Facebook, in California, over that company's alleged practice of tracking users who were no longer logged into the social networking site.

These privacy flare-ups are happening fast and furiously lately. In more news, the Wall Street Journal today reports that major Web firms, including Google, have agreed to install and honor a "do not track" button in web browsers. But there will probably be some pushback, especially from law enforcement. Take a look at the Murphy/Angelos lawsuit below. What Facebook Marketers Need To Know About Pinners. How do you market to pinners?

What Facebook Marketers Need To Know About Pinners

To find out, we analyzed data on more than 10,000 associations between fans of Pinterest and other Facebook pages that they like. Pinterest fans are proud when they find something awesome. They eagerly share on Foodspotting, Goodreads, and Spotify, desperate to share what they’re eating, reading, and listening to at all times. Always exploring, they are obsessed with BranchOut HQ and StumbleUpon. Pinners want to be content creators, as well as to broadcast their super-special-sophisticated-knowledgeable identity to the world. Despite their interest in quality reads and quality foods, Pinterest fans are also fascinated by the superficial pleasures in life, with a strong hunger for celebrity news. And Pinterest fans use their savvy to their advantage, surfing the Net for opportunities to save money. Perhaps because their digital identity is so tied to their personal identity, Pinterest fans feel very close to their networks.

Facebook has one-tenth the employees of Google, one-hundredth the employees of Toyota. Culture Connoisseur Badge Culture Connoisseurs consistently offer thought-provoking, timely comments on the arts, lifestyle and entertainment.

Facebook has one-tenth the employees of Google, one-hundredth the employees of Toyota

More about badges | Request a badge Washingtologist Badge Washingtologists consistently post thought-provoking, timely comments on events, communities, and trends in the Washington area. Post Writer Badge This commenter is a Washington Post editor, reporter or producer. Post Contributor Badge This commenter is a Washington Post contributor. Post Recommended Washington Post reporters or editors recommend this comment or reader post. You must be logged in to report a comment. You must be logged in to recommend a comment. Pinterest Drives More Traffic to Blogs Than Twitter [STUDY] Pinterest drove more traffic to online publishers in February than Twitter, according to third-party measurement data.

Pinterest Drives More Traffic to Blogs Than Twitter [STUDY]

That's an impressive figure, given that the two-year-old site has an estimated 11.7 million active registered users compared to Twitter's more than 100 million. The data was provided by Shareholic, whose sharing widgets are used across more than 200,000 online publishers, mostly independent bloggers. Between them, those publishers reach some 270 million unique visitors every month. In February, the company found that a little less than half (48.81%) of all traffic came from Google, followed by Facebook (6.38%), Yahoo (1.61%), StumbleUpon (1.29%) and Bing (1.21%).

Pinterest came in sixth at 1.05%, beating out Twitter at 0.82%. In January, Shareholic found that Pinterest sent more referral traffic to publishers than Google+, YouTube and LinkedIn combined, falling into line just behind Twitter. Yelp, Twitter & Apple's Anti-Google Coalition. Om Malik wrote a post today called What do Yelp and Twitter have in common?

Yelp, Twitter & Apple's Anti-Google Coalition

I thought that was a pretty interesting question, so I read the post. It turned out to be something about back-stabbing Silicon Valley dealsmanship. I don't know anything about that stuff, but I was disappointed. I was thinking of something else. You know what else Twitter and Yelp have in common? Twitter and Apple are quite cozy. For Yelp's part, it's built into Siri. Yelp had a big IPO today. And look at this. Twitter and Yelp have something in common with some other companies, too, like Wolfram Alpha and Vimeo. Apple uses Google itself for maps now, but it's well known that Apple is working on its own maps. If I were Yelp, I'd do my IPO right now, too. P.S.: I wonder why Microsoft had such a weird freak-out when The Daily leaked Office for iPad the other week. [STUDY] How Hyperconnectivity Affects Young People. Would you mind putting down your smartphone for a moment to read this?

[STUDY] How Hyperconnectivity Affects Young People

Thanks, we really appreciate it. A new study released today by Pew sheds light on the lurking, albeit very real notion that we all not-so-secretly fear: there are actual consequences to the hyperconnected lifestyle that many 21st century millennial Americans live! But calm down, it's not all frowny-face emoticons and Sherry Turkle-esque Alone Together narratives. Yes, there are some major downsides to relying on the Internet as our "external brain," including the desire for instant gratification, and the increased chances of making "quick, shallow choices. " But researchers also say we networked young people are nimble, quick-acting multitaskers who will do good in the world.

Teens and young adults are hyper-immersed in technology. Pew talked to 1,021 technology "stakeholders and critics" through an entirely opt-in survey. The Networked Future Looks Good, Mate! We have already started to see that happen. The Most Viral News Sources on Twitter and Facebook [INFOGRAPHIC] The BBC, The Huffington Post and The Guardian are the three most viral news sources on Facebook and Twitter, according to a new report.

The Most Viral News Sources on Twitter and Facebook [INFOGRAPHIC]

The rankings, compiled by Dublin-based Newswhip, were determined by the number of stories that received more than 100 Twitter mentions and more than 100 Facebook Likes in January. Sites with paywalls, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times were not included. The BBC led the pack on Twitter, publishing 2,621 stories that received more than 100 mentions. The Guardian ranked second with 1,149 mentions, followed by Mashable (1,098), the Huffington Post (895) and TechCrunch (716). Interestingly, 12 of the 25 most popular news sources on Twitter are new media companies with no offline predecessor. On Facebook, The Huffington Post took the lead by a large margin. Two main trends emerged from the Facebook numbers. Thumbnail image courtesy of iStockphoto, RomanOkopny. Microsoft, Google Argue Over Browser Privacy Issue.

Following the revelation that Google bypasses built-in privacy protections on the iPhone's web browser, Microsoft has come forward to declare that Google similarly exploits vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer.

Microsoft, Google Argue Over Browser Privacy Issue

Google responded to the accusations, admitting it was using a known workaround but saying Microsoft's policy is "widely non-operational. " When it was revealed last week that many Google websites get around preferences in Apple's Safari browser to anonymously track (via cookies) sites the user visited, Microsoft went to work to see if Google was also circumventing privacy settings in Internet Explorer.

In a posting yesterday, Microsoft vice president of Internet Explorer Dean Hachamovitch said this was indeed the case. Although the technique is different, what Google is doing has the same effect of getting the browser to accept cookies when it typically wouldn't. However, there's a workaround. SEE ALSO: Google Caught Tracking Safari Users: What You Need to Know What's your take? 10 Reasons Twitter Is Sexier Than Facebook [INFOGRAPHIC] It's no secret people behave differently, depending on the social network.

10 Reasons Twitter Is Sexier Than Facebook [INFOGRAPHIC]

Sometimes it's the audience you're speaking to. Sometimes it's the people you know are following your every move (hi, mom). The differences are especially apparent in regard to sex. In anticipation of Valentine's Day, marketing agency Euro RSCG surveyed 1,000 U.S. adults who use either Twitter or Facebook daily. The agency discovered where people talk about sex, and whether they identify themselves as "sexy" or "sexually adventurous.

" The Future of Sharing on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ Users of social networks are getting tired of sharing — but that doesn't mean sharing is on the decline.

The Future of Sharing on Facebook, Twitter and Google+

A new study analyzes sharing behaviors on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ and makes predictions for the future of sharing. Digital agency Beyond released the study for Social Media Week, along with the below infographic. Beyond makes six predictions about where sharing is headed based on the responses of 2,000 social media users in the U.S. and UK, between ages 16 and 40, who are active on either Twitter, Facebook or Google+. Among those users, 98% were active on Facebook, 60% of whom log in several times daily. First, sharing to selective lists — the Google+ Circles model — is on the rise. Second, frictionless sharing — Spotify songs shared to Facebook, for example — is on the rise.

Third, discounts and giveaways will spur sharing of branded content. Fourth, the rate of social sharing will plateau as Facebook reaches the majority of the world's population. Apple vs. Google: Who Owns Slide-to-Unlock on Phones? Both iPhones and Android devices unlock in the same way: with the user sliding his or her finger along part of the screen. That simple function has prompted a huge amount of legal wrangling, with both Apple and Google (by proxy of its recent acquisition, Motorola ) scoring victories over the ownership of "slide-to-unlock" on phones in the past week. A German court ruled in Apple's favor on Thursday — twice — on separate allegations that Motorola Mobility had infringed on Apple's patents on slide-to-unlock.

A Munich regional court said certain Motorola phones infringed on the German part of a broader European patent. It's Apple's first patent victory over Motorola ever. The rulings affect the Motorola Flipout, Milestone, Milestone XT720 and Defy. What that new unlocking method would be isn't clear, and Motorola, which was recently acquired by Google, has said it will appeal the ruling.

SEE ALSO: Apple MacBook Air Patented; Beware, Ultrabook Makers The U.S. Want to Avoid Getting Banned on Social Media? Learn the Rules. Ann Smarty is a search marketer and full-time web entrepreneur. Ann blogs on search and social media tools. Her newest project, My Blog Guest, is a free platform for guest bloggers and blog owners.

Follow Ann on Twitter @seosmarty. For as long as I have been actively participating in social media, I have determined that no one is ever immune from getting banned. You can put a lot of time and effort into your favorite social media community, and consider yourself a "power" user, but your account is still at risk of suspension. There are a lot of examples of this, both old and recent. In most of the cases of mass banning, social networks have responded to users who have broken the terms of service (TOS). Official TOS of Popular Social Networks Google+: Google+, the youngest social network of the five discussed here, has very complex and sometimes contradicting pages describing its terms of service.

Twitter: Twitter has a few quite detailed policy pages worth checking out. No, unfortunately. Infographic: The SMB Social Media Cheat Sheet. The folks at Flowtown have put together a quick reference guide to six different social media services. Called the SMB Social Media Cheat Sheet, it contains basic stats on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google+, Tumblr and Digg. What, no LinkedIn? That is perhaps the biggest missing service, but otherwise the infographic, reproduced below, is worth bookmarking for those noobs in your company that are looking to learn more about each service. I particularly liked the how to begin for each service. [REPORT] Twitter, LinkedIn Will See Slower Revenue Growth. Twitter and LinkedIn will continue to see strong advertising growth, with Twitter's revenue expected to nearly double between 2012 and 2014, according to a report by eMarketer Digital Intelligence.

The report comes against the backdrop of Facebook's pending, initial public offering and illustrates that advertising models for social networks seem to be working. Twitter gets 90% of its revenue from U.S. advertisers, while LinkedIn depends more on foreign advertisers, with just 68% of its 2012 ad revenue expected to come from the U.S. The report did note, however, that both companies can expect growth rates to slow from their current levels. eMarketer is projecting 83% revenue growth for Twitter this year, down from 233% in 2011, and 46.1% revenue growth for LinkedIn, down from 95% in 2011. Still, if eMarketer's analysis of data from dozens of research firms, company information and industry trends is correct, Twitter will have revenue of $540 million by 2014. Tech's Doomsday Plots: How Your Favorite Tech Giants Could Lose Their Edge. When Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone five years ago, it was a happy day for the Apple faithful.

Less so for the folks at Palm, whose employer became a ticking time bomb. In one move, Apple leapfrogged its rivals in hardware and software and changed the mobile industry forever. And Palm -- a touch computing pioneer that lost its way -- was toast. That's just one example of how quickly a company's fates can change in today's fast-moving tech industry. Every company -- even those as seemingly strong today as Apple and Google -- have clear risks and weaknesses. Microsoft Of today's tech giants, it's actually Microsoft whose position seems the most precarious: Most of its business is still based on the idea that the vast majority of the world's computers will run Windows and many of them will also run Office.

But today's computer industry is growing rapidly in areas where Microsoft is currently weak: Smartphones and tablets, primarily. Microsoft is massive and it is still very profitable. Hot Tips For Landing Jobs at Google, Apple and Facebook [INFOGRAPHIC] Tech Hiring Trends 2012: What You Need to Know [INFOGRAPHIC] Two Schools of Thought: The Key Difference Between Apple and Google. How Much Do Tech Companies Make Per Employee? The new four horsemen of tech: Apple, Amazon, Google & IBM - Jan. 5.